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The European Union has 28 member states, 17 of which are on the common currency. Founded through a string of treaties beginning in the 1950s, the EU has developed its own economic, political and legal policies. Taken as a whole, the EU is the world's largest economy.

Turkish-German Pact: EU Split by Merkel's Refugee Plan

Turkish-German Pact: EU Split by Merkel's Refugee Plan

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 12, 2016

Angela Merkel has held six meetings with the Turkish government in the hopes of forging a solution to the refugee crisis. But with most of the leverage in Ankara, progress has been slow. Worse yet, Berlin's plan has split the EU into two rival camps. By Horand Knaup, Peter Müller, René Pfister and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Refugee Debate: The Shrillest Are Gaining the Upper Hand

Refugee Debate: The Shrillest Are Gaining the Upper Hand

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 10, 2016

Opponents of Angela Merkel's refugee policies act as if the country were on the verge of collapse. Their tone is so shrill it has created a climate in which people just shrug their shoulders as the government takes steps to dramatically curb asylum-seekers' rights. A Commentary by Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

Italian Foreign Minister Gentiloni: 'The Toughest Crisis in EU History'

Italian Foreign Minister Gentiloni: 'The Toughest Crisis in EU History'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 10, 2016

Italy is adament that the rest of the European Union must do its part to solve the refugee crisis. In an interview with SPIEGEL, Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni discusses his hopes for a redistribution scheme and his concern Schengen may be doomed. Interview Conducted by Walter Mayr more... Comment ]

Closing the Balkan Route: Will Greece Become a Refugee Bottleneck?

Closing the Balkan Route: Will Greece Become a Refugee Bottleneck?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 09, 2016

With EU officials considering border closures along the Balkan refugee route, Greece is worried that it will become overwhelmed by migrants. The EU has chastised Greece for not securing its external border, but failings can be found in Brussels too. By Giorgos Christides, Juliane von Mittelstaedt, Peter Müller and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

German Interior Minister on Refugee Crisis: 'We Want Clarity on the Refugee Crisis by Spring'

German Interior Minister on Refugee Crisis: 'We Want Clarity on the Refugee Crisis by Spring'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 29, 2016

In an interview, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière, 62, warns that the government in Berlin only has a few weeks left to solve the refugee problem. He fears that Europe's open-border policies may soon end if a solution isn't found. Interview Conducted by Ralf Neukirch and René Pfister more... Comment ]

Greek Registration Centers: Why Refugee 'Hotspots' Aren't Working

Greek Registration Centers: Why Refugee 'Hotspots' Aren't Working

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 29, 2016

The construction of registration centers for migrants in Greece was meant to stem the tide of people into Europe. But so far only one exists on the island of Lesbos -- and it's not making much of a dent. By Giorgos Christides in Mytilene, Greece more... Comment ]

Lurching Right: The Escalating Fight for Poland's Future

Lurching Right: The Escalating Fight for Poland's Future

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 27, 2016

The new government in Warsaw is transforming Poland into a nationalist, anti-Western and arch-Catholic country. Now, though, a protest movement is forming, made up of leftist activists, journalists and even a former prime minister. By Jan Puhl more... Comment ]

European Council Head Tusk: 'I Am Public Enemy No. 1' in Poland

European Council Head Tusk: 'I Am Public Enemy No. 1' in Poland

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 17, 2016

Polish European Council President Donald Tusk has said little about the constitutional crisis in his home country. But during a closed-door meeting at the European Parliament on Tuesday, he did little to hide his views. By Peter Müller in Brussels more... Comment ]

An Attack on Democracy? Worries over Poland Mount in Brussels and Berlin

An Attack on Democracy? Worries over Poland Mount in Brussels and Berlin

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 12, 2016

From the courts to the media, Poland's new government has passed a number of new reforms that have the EU concerned about creeping autocracy. Complaints thus far have fallen on deaf ears in Warsaw, triggering calls for firmer action from Brussels. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Brexit Danger: The EU Strategy to Keep Britain from Leaving

Brexit Danger: The EU Strategy to Keep Britain from Leaving

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 05, 2016

This summer, Britain will vote on whether to remain in the European Union. The skeptic camp appears to be gaining ground -- and EU leaders are growing concerned. They have developed a plan to give in to most of Cameron's EU reform demands. By Peter Müller and Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]